Man has always aspired for great accomplishments. From the dawn of humanity, we have used every single element of nature that has been at our disposal for a more comfortable and peaceful life. Unfortunately, even though to a certain degree mankind did achieve these once-upon-a-time impossible feats, in the process we lost track of our purpose of life and unknowingly bartered our soul to corruption and immorality. Technology, the internet and modern scientific inventions are being used to eradicate the inner, instinctive love of man for righteousness.
The enemies of Islam and humanity at large have annihilated the moral fabric of society through modern media and technology. Various studies have linked television-viewing to all sorts of problems such as violence, drug abuse, attention deficit disorder and aggressive behaviour in children, home abuse, murder, rape, physical ailments such as cancer and poor eyesight and most definitely TV and misuse of the internet makes people antisocial and makes them distant from their families and stops them from tending to the needs of society. Moreover, many families were destroyed because of the TV and internet related social networks such as Mixit, Facebook, BBM and many such other services when misused. Husbands and wives would be chatting with Ghair-Mahārim whilst sitting next to each other and later in life their innocent children would have to pay the price of their immorality.
Sadly, the tempo of degeneration that mankind is facing has been increasing at such a rate that it seems that our present and future generations are doomed and might not find salvation. Therefore, it is incumbent that we hold firm onto the Ahlullah (pious friends of Allah) during these dark hours. Hereby, we have replicated one of the speeches of Hadhrat Ml Yūnus Patel shb Pin written form, we hope that Maulana’s love and compassion for the Ummah and sincere words will awaken us from our deep slumber. Hadhrat Maulana says: “One of the many Sunnah of the Ambiyā 8 is that of Hayā – shame and modesty: a quality which is sorely missing in the lives of most Muslims today and which should otherwise be an outstanding characteristic and feature of all Muslims, whether married or unmarried. Television is such an evil that if our society only understood its reality, then they would find no excuse to watch. Its spiritual harm is that it takes away the valuable quality of Hayā and shame out of our men, women and children. The content of most television programmes is nothing but immodesty and indecency, which invites nothing but immodesty and indecency – into our homes, into our lives and the lives of our children.
However, this truth and reality seems to just pass over the understanding of even those Muslims who have some link with Deen. Many are regular with Salāh, they are seen in the Masjid, they are wearing the garb of the pious and yet they will be the ones to present flimsy and feeble excuses to view television programmes. Let us consider this situation of sin from the following view point – which Alhamdulillah, has been a means of many getting rid of the television. If a person has to knock on your door and tell you: ‘I would like to use your lounge to commit adultery, or a group of some friends have to request you: ‘We would like to use your home to gamble and enjoy our liquor.’ Or a group of youngsters have to tell you: ‘We have chosen your home as a venue for our partying, dancing, drug-taking and fornicating.’ Or a Christian family has to request you: ‘we would like to use your home as a venue for our church ceremony, the marriage of our daughter as well as the baptism of our grandchild. We have already obtained the consent of one of our priests.’ Or some idol-worshippers have to suggest: ‘We would like to carry out some of our religious rites in your home. We would like to bring our idols also. You are more than welcome to observe or participate in our rites. ’ Many Muslims, on hearing such requests, will get very angry; will express disgust – if not swear and curse such suggestions. However, these very same Muslims who will even resort to swearing and cursing such proposals, invite into their homes all of the above by the switch of the television, by hiring English and Hindi films and DVDs and downloading immodest films from the Internet. There is so much of adultery, partying and other filth that we seem to just welcome into our homes – least realizing its detrimental consequences.
Just to cite an example and this is but the tip of the iceberg – and it is said with the intention of removing the blindfold that most parents wear: A father of four children mentioned to me that he got rid of his television and he thereafter explained why. He said that late one night he heard strange noises from his children’s room. On opening the door of their room, he found their television switched on. […This is our concept of modesty: parents must have their own television, to view all kinds of filthy programmes in their privacy, and children must have their own television to view all kinds of indecency in their privacy (Na-uzu Billah).] The father mentioned that there were dirty and obscene scenes of naked people on the television screen. He mentioned that it was filthy and that it shocked him; but what had him even more shaken was that his children were all undressed, engaging in the same kind of indecent acts. They were imitating the pornography they were viewing. He said himself, that until then he had not considered the harm of television. It took this kind of incident to wake him up. …This is just one example of so many. Do we wish to face something similar? …Do we care to even know what our sons and daughters are doing in the secrecy of their rooms?
The fact that many demand that no one ‘invade’ their space and privacy to the extent of having ‘No Entry’ signs on their doors, should have parents a little more than worried… especially if they are viewing television and are surfing the net or have free access with cell phone. (Far more detrimental and accessible than the television is the internet.) Many have acknowledged, that after watching certain films or programmes, the desire came strongly into their hearts to take drugs, drink liquor, murder their parents, indulge in homosexuality, engage in adulterous relationships, commit suicide, rape and much more– and many of them did so. Moreover, due to the sins which the internet and television have made accessible such as lustful glancing, Allah Ta’ala removes the love between husband and wife and even ones children become disobedient. There are many husbands who entertain thoughts of and fantasize of other women when with their wives. And they will when they are watching different actresses and television presenters. Many wives are guilty of the same infidelity having seen or socialized with Ghair-Mahārim. Many women are so infatuated and obsessed with some soccer player, cricket player or movie star that they become dissatisfied with their husbands, and spend their time fantasizing. Had the person not viewed all those Ghair-Mahārim on the television screen and computer screen, and had lowered his gaze in real life situations, then he would not have desired that which he cannot have, and there would not have been dissatisfaction with his (or her) spouse.
Moreover we complain: There is no Barakah in our homes; there is no Barakah in our wealth; there is no Barakah in our time. Our children are rebellious. The husband is having an extra-marital relationship. The daughter has accepted Christianity. The son is on drugs … and the list of complaints and grievances does not end. Then who is to blame except the one who brought all of this Harām into the home by purchasing the television and exposing the family to so much of sin. …Great ‘Ulamā took the Bay ‘ah (spiritual pledge of allegiance) upon the hands of Maulana Hakeem Fakhrudeen P. He mentioned that there was a time, that with the rising and setting of the sun, he saw nothing but Nūr (divine light) in Sūrat (a place in India). The atmosphere was one of Nūr. The day commenced with Salāh, Tilāwah and Dhikrullah. After the cinemas and television and videos flooded Sūrat, there was nothing but ‘Dhulmat’ darkness. With the distraction of such entertainment, Ibādah and obedience to Almighty Allah becomes a forgotten duty.
One Wali of Allah Ta’ala, on visiting a home, mentioned that he perceived the sin of Zina (adultery) from the walls of that home. He was able to recognize this due to the purity of his heart. The residents of that home were not indulging in the actual sin of adultery but they were watching the sin on television. When fire burns against a white wall, it blackens the wall. The Ahlullah (friends of Allah), with their purified hearts, see the fire of sins which has burnt and blackened the white hearts of the Muslims.”
MAY ALLAH TA’ALA BLESS US AND THE ENTIRE UMMAH WITH THE TAWFEEQ OF UNDERSTANDING THE SEVERITY OF OUR SITUATION AND PROTECT US FROM THE SNARES OF SHAITĀN AND HIS ACCURSED DISCIPLES